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Europe » Netherlands January 24th 2015

2. KARUCO Travel Blog Nothing says 'ahhh' like a pleasant flight safely landed at the destination on time. We are in Amsterdam. Our half of the KARUCO Team 2015 (Christopher Jones and me; see Blog Post 1) are grateful to be this far on our journey. If you are new to the blog you may not know that we are 1/3 of the way. Next up is a flight to Entebbe, Uganda and then the final 1/3 of our journey - the 6 hour drive from Kampala, Uganda across the border into Tanzania and finally to Kayanga, Karagwe. PARTNER FOCUS: We are excited to meet up with John Wade from MSAADA Architects who will meet us in Karagwe and help assess water needs and resources for KARUCO. Meet John, another member of the KARUCO 2015 Team. ... read more
Dawn in Amsterdam

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland January 19th 2015

La fois ou j'ai fait la découverte d'une ville qui sent la pâtisserie ou l'on peut fumer la marijuana partout et ou les gens sont tellement sympathiques que l'on a pas le choix de tomber en amour... Amsterdam!... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam January 15th 2015

Amsterdam is refreshing after the formal, fashionable and conservative Italy and France. We all breathed a little easier and communicated more with the locals. For this blog we will just share our observations: Hip, cool people with quiet confidence and nothing to prove. They seem tolerant and liberal (about homosexuality, drugs and prostitution) and also quite disciplined; locals who have perfect American or London accents when they speak english; thousands and thousands of bicycles-old ones with baskets and crates either being ridden by helmetless locals on official bike lanes or lined up (of fallen down) all along every street; the difficulty of crossing a road without being hit by cyclists, cars, horses, nearly everything you can think of; pretty canals of muddy green water; tall, skinny, colourful 5 story houses lining the canals; Van Gogh museum ... read more
Christine looking at Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles
Van Gogh cakes
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Europe » Netherlands » North Brabant » Den Bosch January 8th 2015

***VERSION EN ESPAÑOL MÁS ABAJO*** It has been an adventure packed 2014 for us, and taking stock on what we’ve done we realized we hit up 14 countries in 2014. Maybe we’ll have to go for 15 in 2015, but chances are that won’t be the case since it won’t just be two of us anymore. Before moving onto 2015 though we had one heck of an end of 2014! In November for Dan’s work we headed back to Madison Wisconsin, and we had a fabulous time seeing our friends, and Ana had the opportunity to see many of her old coworkers and students as well. However, the highlight of Madison was a surprise baby shower that Dan’s sister, Melissa, put together especially for Ana and the baby. Ana thought we were only meeting Melissa and ... read more
Brussels - Gran Place
Manneken Pis - Bruselas
Delirium Bar

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 23rd 2014

I woke up to Adam shaking me... It was about 10 am, and he really wanted to get a move on with his day. I didn't realize he would be so excited and energized like this, he is really great to travel with. We went to the coffee shops before getting something to eat. He wanted to see as many different shops as possible, because they all have different environments and vibes. We were at this place called "Justin's" for about an hour, and we left at noon to go find that Italian restaurant that had treated us so well the other day. I was pretty surprised that these coffeshops get so much foot traffic in the mornings, people really love their weed around here. After having another round of calzones from the other day, we ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 22nd 2014

I was so groggy when I woke up... Adam's call startled me. He got to the airport earlier than he was supposed to arrive, and he had even picked up his luggage already when he called. I rushed to get changed and headed to central station, where we were going to meet up. I had told him to meet me by the exits, but I didn't know there were multiple gates.... It took awhile for us to find each other, but luckily we were able to because the station had wifi and we were able to use viber to coordinate a location to meet up. He hasn't changed much since I last saw him, except he looked a little thinner! It was great to see him, can't wait to see what awaits us these next few ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 21st 2014

Time sure did go by really fast here.... Today I said goodbye to Joon. It's starting to hit me as I'm writing this, but I'm really going to miss the guys that shared this experience with me. I had the best time with them, and it's unfortunate that I won't be able to see them for at least another 3 months... Life can be cruel sometimes. I woke up around 11 am today in no hurry to get up. Joon and I had nothing planned, so we made sure to get our rest. He's going to Oakland airport after a 3 hour layover in Stockholm, because the flight he found was extremely cheap. He'll be staying for a day out in the bay area with one of his fraternity brothers, a kid who was on my ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 21st 2014

Time sure did go by really fast here.... Today I said goodbye to Joon. It's starting to hit me as I'm writing this, but I'm really going to miss the guys that shared this experience with me. I had the best time with them, and it's unfortunate that I won't be able to see them for at least another 3 months... Life can be unfair sometimes. I woke up around 11 am today in no hurry to get up. Joon and I had nothing planned, so we made sure to get our rest. He's going to Oakland airport after a 3 hour layover in Stockholm, because the flight he found was extremely cheap. He'll be staying for a day out in the bay area with one of his fraternity brothers, a kid who was on my ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 20th 2014

Today we woke up around 2:00 pm in an effort to recover from the concert the night before. We all felt that our deep sleeps were totally justified, seeing as we all still had faint ringings in our ears from the blaring music. Will went off to go meet up with some friends that he had met in Copenhagen, while Joon and I went to a coffeeshop to play some chess. We had a great time playing it the other day, so we just decided to have a quiet day today and play chess for a couple of hours.. and those hours went by really fast, we got to the shop at 4:30 pm and stayed until 7:30 just playing game after game. Joon used to be in a middle school club for chess, so he's ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 19th 2014

Yesterday (Friday) was unreal.... I was so excited to see tiesto!! I woke up just in time to catch the free breakfast too, so it started off as a good day. The food is simple but satisfying, consisting of whole wheat bread, 3 kinds of cereal, orange slices, milk, coffee, and peanut butter and nutella. We've been somewhat successful getting up everyday in time, but we have had a couple of days where we just stay in bed. Joon had stayed out last night pretty late with his friends, so unfortunately he was still asleep, but Will and I got up and started our days. We went to a Starbucks to try and get some work done while we were waiting for Joon. He didn't wake up until 1:30 pm.... Which is totally fine, this has ... read more




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